There's An App For That
What makes your smartphone smart are the apps that came pre-installed on it. But you can make your smartphone even smarter by downloading some really cool additional apps from Apple's App Store or Google's Android Market.
Let's Talk About Apps
Apple last month (December 2011) had 18 billion downloads total on its iOS App Store, and Google’s Android Market had 10 billion downloads.
Apps are, after all, just about the only things that transform your iPhone or your Android phone from an expensive cell phone into a pocket computer. The Apps that come pre-installed on your smart phone are for the most part very useful and fun to play around with. But what's really cool about owning a modern smart phone is the ability to add apps to our phones.
If you have an iPhone, an iPod and/or an iPad, you are probably very familiar with apps available from Apple's App Store. Apps are downloadable programs/applications (apps) that can be anything from a game like the so far all time most popular app ever- Angry Birds and a great little time-waster if there ever was one to apps that show you real-time weather conditions, forecasts and radar images of current weather events like Weather Bug.
Playing with game apps on your phone can become so absorbing that it could prove to be a problem. Just ask the Movie/TV star Alec Baldwin who last month was kicked off a plane preparing to depart from LA to New York because he wouldn't stop playing Words With Friends on his iPhone.
As of January 1, 20012, there are over 500,000 apps for the iPhone and iPad and over 300,000 for Android. The average smartphone user has 65 apps installed on his or her phone. With so many smartphone apps available, sorting out the best ones takes a little research. I've done some of that for you and the apps listed below are some of the best I've found.
I have placed a link to the Apple App Store or the Android Market for every app I talk about below. If you are reading this on a smartphone, those links will take you to the download page for the app being discussed. If, on the other hand, you are reading this on a desktop, laptop or tablet computer, you can still use the links I've provided to find out a great deal more about the app by reading about it on it's download page. I've tried to limit my recommendations to high quality apps that are offered free of any charge. Of course, all of the iOS apps listed below will work just as well on an iPad as an iPhone.
Unless explicitly so stated, all of the iPhone apps I've listed below are apps I have installed on my iPhone 4s and have tested extensively. I can't vouch for any Android apps but if there is an equivalent Android app available for any of the iOS apps I've discussed below, I've provided a link to it.